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January 9, 2015

To be in with a chance of winning, register your attendance at the Expo (taking place at London's Heaven nightclub on 17 Jan)

The Gay Star Travel Expo returns to London's Heaven nightclub on 17 January 2015 – and attendees at the event could be in with a chance of winning a once-in-a-lifetime trip for two to Vienna in May, to experience the Eurovision Song Contest.

The prize includes Economy Class tickets for two people from London Heathrow to Vienna and back again (winner and guest must travel together), valid on and courtesy of Austrian Airlines.

January 6, 2015

Rise like a phoenix for GSN's travel event – taking place at London's Heaven nightclub on 17 Jan

The Gay Star Travel Expo returns to London's Heaven nightclub on January 17 – and one of the special guests at this one stop travel shop will be the tourist board of Vienna.

The Austrian capital – which is also the host of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, following Conchita Wurst's triumphant win at last year's show in Copenhagen – will be just one of the exhibitors at the expo.

December 29, 2014

The Eurovision winner and drag performer says he would like to try and better understand the Russian leader

Conchita Wurst – the bearded drag queen who famously won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year – has said that he wants to visit Russia and meet with President Vladimir Putin.

Wurst is the creation of 26-year-old, Austrian performer Thomas Neuwirth. In an interview with the German-language Kurier, Neuwirth, who is gay, said that he felt sure that he could find common ground with Putin if the two spent time together.

December 23, 2014

From Spanish bears and Swedish sportsman to gay girls of the Med – who will you be partying with next year?

Party around the globe with our round up of 2015's biggest and best gay events, from parties and prides to festivals to games!

Sydney Mardi Gras – 20 Feb-8 March
An undoubed queer rite of passage, Sydney Mardi Gras is one of the most well-attended LGBTI events in the world. So much so, at last year's event, 4000 revelers were turned away from the parade to keep it under its 4-hour allotted time slot. Next year's is the 37th anniversary: the parade takes place on Sunday 22 February.

November 8, 2014

The song is distributed by the singer's new record company, Sony Music Austria

Conchita Wurst released a single today (8 November).

Heroes is the Austrian's first single since winning the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

According to the site Directlyrics, the drag queen star's single is on iTunes and is distributed by Sony Music Austria.

Heroes is to be part of an unnamed upcoming album.

August 20, 2014

From one drag queen to another: 'The Jesus look isn't my cup of tea'

RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Bianca Del Rio is known for her reads, and now Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst is in her rolodex of hate.

The season six star and insult comic was on Joan Rivers’ online show when she was asked about the Austrian drag queen.

‘You’ve all seen Conchita, very feminine, very pretty, and with a beard!’ Rivers said.

‘I found him slash her…repellent…and others go insane for her! What do you think of Conchita?’

July 10, 2014

Drag star Conchita Wurst becomes fashion royalty after closing Jean Paul Gaultier’s couture fashion show in Paris

Austrian drag star Conchita Wurst was given one of the biggest ever honours in the fashion world, when she closed Jean Paul Gaultier’s Paris couture runway show yesterday (9 July).

Conchita Wurst, who famously won the Eurovision Song Contest in May this year, was chosen by the legendary French designer to close his Autumn/Winter 2014 couture show in Paris.

June 14, 2014

GSN was there in Switzerland's largest city to talk to lesbian mayor Corine Mauch and many others about the 'unstoppable' march to equality

Europe is a continent divided.

With the west and north generally in support of gays, and the south and the east mostly not, countries in the middle like Switzerland are a battleground for civil rights.

Fighting for equal marriage, and for gay couples to adopt children, the LGBTI Swiss are hoping to sway public opinion to their side.

And if events like Zurich Pride continue to be held, then equality cannot be too far away.

May 22, 2014

Gay-friendly vodka, meat-lovers Mecca and The Bastard… The gastronomic greatness of Malmö, in a nutshell

Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city is the capital of the Skåne region – a fast-growing, multicultural city loves for its picturesque seaside and gastronomic diversity.

The city is known locally and internationally for its large renowned universities, charming beach huts and the Öresundbridge made famous by the TV series The Bridge. It is less than 30 minutes connection to Denmark over the sea and definitely worth viewing.

May 15, 2014

British lesbian artist says while it is great political points are made, she says she could never see herself representing the UK

English lesbian singer and actress Heather Peace has said UK artists shouldn’t bother entering the Eurovision Song Contest.

The 38-year-old artist, who found fame on Waterloo Road and Lip Service, has revealed she would never dare enter into as the UK representative to the camp competition.

Peace is about to release her second album, The Thin Line.

‘You might as well not bother if you’re British,’ she told Gay Star News.

‘You’re going in knowing there’s absolutely no chance, what’s the point?’

May 13, 2014

Politicians call to create new contest, the 'Voice of Eurasia', where 'gay culture' will be explicitly banned

Russia could be pulling out of the Eurovision Song Contest to create their own competition where ‘gay culture’ will be banned.

A lawmaker has called on the country to stop participating in the contest to create the ‘Voice of Eurasia’.

‘The results of the latest Eurovision were the last straw,’ Valerii Rishkin, a Community Party MP said.

‘We must leave this contest immediately, it is high time that we stop tolerating this madness.’

He alleges Russia spends up to €40 million ($55 million) on Eurovision.

May 13, 2014

Man was called 'faggot' while dressed up as the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014

Meet Rhodri Philips, a reporter for The Sun.

While he spends most of his days writing up the news for the UK tabloid, he decided to don a dress and wig to go out as Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst.

This was in direct response to the homophobic leaders in Russia who voiced their outrage about the drag queen.

Visiting the Russian Embassy, he writes: ‘One man shouted “faggot” at me as I tottered towards the complex.

‘And when I arrived, a Met police officer standing outside asked if he could take down my particulars.

May 12, 2014

'This is NOT SHADE', Cher says as she pays tribute to the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 winner

US wig aficionado Cher has got some advice for Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst in the wig department.

It needs improving.

The Dark Lady singer and living legend described the Austrian singer and future gay icon as someone she respected and admired.

She said: ‘#Eurovision Winner is Fascinating 2 Pieces of Advice..U Deserve a Lovelier Name & Wig This is NOT SHADE I Respect & AdmireYour Resolve.’

May 12, 2014

'Queen of Austria' triumped over Russian politicians and petitions who called for her removal from the Eurovision Song Contest

Eurovision Song Contest and drag superstar Conchita Wurst is at the top of the iTunes chart… in Russia.

Despite several lawmakers and petitions calling for her removal from the competition, it appears Russian music lovers have no problem with a bearded lady.

One politician even described Wurst winning was a sign of the ‘end of Europe’.

May 12, 2014

Conchita Wurst triumphed in Copenhagen, but what does that say about the rest of the country?

On Saturday (10 May), perhaps one of the most visible and loved LGBTI contestants in recent years won the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The crowd was behind Conchita Wurst all the way, chanting her name and cheering as she steadily edged her way to victory for Austria.

This was largely down to where she took the crown, performing in one of the most pro-gay countries in the world.

Denmark, like the majority of Scandinavia, is liberal and loving of its LGBTI community. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s perfect.

May 11, 2014

A new LGBTI star is born at Eurovision

For much of the Eurovision song contest, LGBTI fans hoped, rather than believed, Conchita Wurst could win the competition for Austria.

The bearded drag artiste clearly gave one of the performances of the night with stunning vocals of her James Bond-esque song ‘Rise Like A Phoenix’.

However, in amongst the sea of rainbow flags that were being waved in the arena, there were doubts that victory would materialize when it came to the votes, especially from Eastern European countries who previously tried to get her banned.

May 10, 2014

Celebrating Eurovision 2014, London drag queen Miss Dusty ‘O’ shares her thoughts on the international singing competition 

Eurovision is upon us yet again.

A chance for rabid nationalism and cheesy pop pap. I love it like so many people. Will this year be the last year we have a UK entry? Will next year have a Scottish entry and if so will England and Scotland vote for each other like the Baltic and Balkan states do consistently every year? Who knows but probably not, the Scots have never forgiven us for Flodden.

May 10, 2014

It’s all about Conchita, the drag hero representing Austria tonight in the even more LGBTI inclusive Eurovision Song Contest

Copenhagen in Denmark is getting ready to host an even more LGBTI inclusive Eurovision Song Contest final tonight.

Every year the Eurovision Song Contest throws up controversies whether it is neighborly voting, outrageous performances or same-sex kisses. This year is proving no different after the loud booing that Russia received when being announced as a finalist and the reaction to drag star Conchita Wurst.

This year the result is far from certain with at least 10 countries in with a realistic chance of victory. Here's our look at some of the main contenders.

May 10, 2014

Conchita's win gives Austria its second Eurovision Song Contest victory

Conchita Wurst, Austria's drag queen star, won the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

According to the Associated Press, her performance of Rise Like a Phoenix was a hit with the juries and European viewers.

Wurst is renowned for her ‘bearded lady’ look.

May 9, 2014

Hundreds puckered up and kissed each other on the cheek to celebrate diversity and combat hatred about HIV

Eurovision fans have set a new world record in order to fight prejudice.

As one of the many events taking part in Copenhagen during Eurovision week, the AIDS Foundation held a Kiss Chain from the Eurovision Village along the streets of Copenhagen with the message of Kiss Prejudice Goodbye.

367 people joined the Kiss Chain to set a new world record.

Danish AIDS Foundation Director, Henriette Laursen, said: 'Our goal is to kiss prejudices about HIV thoroughly goodbye, and we must succeed in that.'

Check out the video below:

May 9, 2014

Actor Pilou Asbæk, best known for his role on Danish drama Borgen, said he wanted to show in some way he was opposed to homophobia in European countries

This year’s hosts of the Eurovision Song Contest were banned from wearing rainbow colors to protest against anti-gay laws.

Actor Pilou Asbæk (pictured left), perhaps best known for his dark role on Danish drama Borgen where he plays tormented spin doctor Kasper Juul, said he wanted to show in some way he was opposed to homophobia.

But Eurovision organizers banned him from doing so, saying the camp contest is not intended to be political.

May 9, 2014

Make Your Mind Up to win the best ever Eurovision Song Contest prize tonight at G-A-Y with Jay Aston, thanks to Visit Denmark and Gay Star News

While most Eurovision contestants are quickly forgotten, some stay lodged in the public’s mind.

For most British fans, Bucks Fizz is at the top of that list. While Jay Aston lost the legal right to perform under that name, she was one of the foursome who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981.

People who weren’t even alive then still know their bright outfits with the rip-off skirts and can sing the lyrics to their winning song, Making Your Mind Up.

May 8, 2014

From a bearded bond girl to Polish soft porn - it can only be Eurovision!

Followng Tuesday's Eurovision first semi-final where the Russia act was booed, tonight sees the next 15 countries take to the stage for a chance to be in the Grand Final on Saturday.

Gay Star News was at the rehearsal for tonight's show which promises many more unforgettable moments.

May 8, 2014

Drag queen who has outraged conservative countries like Russia, Ukraine and Belarus is one step closer to Eurovision Song Contest victory

Austria’s Conchita Wurst is through to the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest.

The drag queen was the final name announced, thousands of people in the Copenhagen stadium shouting her name.

Earlier in the evening today (8 May), Wurst performed the song Rise Like A Phoenix.

Her inclusion in the show received a backlash from some conservative countries, with several petitions calling for her removal.

Russian politician Vitaly Milonov said Wurst performing proved Eurovision was a ‘Sodom show’.